High School Sports

Here are 6 area football games to follow, 3 featuring matchups of unbeaten teams

Northwestern quarterback Dustin Noller, right, and the Trojans will visit reigning 5A state champion Dutch Fork on Friday.
Northwestern quarterback Dustin Noller, right, and the Trojans will visit reigning 5A state champion Dutch Fork on Friday. Special to The Herald

(Observer Sweet 16 rankings are noted)

No. 13 North Mecklenburg (4-0, 0-0 I-Meck 4A) at Mooresville (4-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: A meeting of two recently-revived programs. The Vikings are led by quarterback Aaron Scott, who averages 200-plus passing yards a game. Mooresville running back Quamir Conner averages 100 yards rushing per game.

Cramerton Stuart Cramer (3-1, 0-0 Big South 3A) at No. 16 Kings Mountain (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: Can Stuart Cramer’s stout defense stop Mountaineers QB Kaylon Scott, who has passed for 1,027 yards and 15 touchdowns this season?

No. 3 Charlotte Catholic (3-1, 0-0 Southern Carolina 3A) at Monroe (3-1, 0-0), Sat, 1 p.m.: Defensive end Nick King and the Cougars’ defense faces a tough Redhawks defense, featuring Chris Colon (10 tackles for loss this season). Both teams also have strong ground games.

No. 11 Weddington (4-0, 0-0 Southern Carolina 3A) at No. 7 Indian Trail Sun Valley (4-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.: Expect points by the dozens, with Weddington RB-DB Will Shipley and Sun Valley QB Sam Howell as the main weapons.

Rock Hill Northwestern (0-4) at Dutch Fork (3-0), 7:30 p.m.: Reigning 5A state champion Dutch Fork is a big favorite, but it’s a chance for the Trojans to turn the season around. Northwestern needs a big game from QB Dustin Noller, who has thrown for nearly 700 yards but only two touchdowns.

No. 6 Vance (4-0, 0-0 I-Meck 4A) vs. No. 2 Mallard Creek (3-0, 0-0) at Richardson Stadium, 8 p.m. Saturday: Harrisburg Hickory Ridge and Independence meet in the 5:30 p.m. opener on UNC Charlotte’s campus, but this main event is a showcase for two outstanding quarterbacks – Vance’s Nigel Summerville and the Mavericks’ Casey Kelly. But there are many other major-college recruits on the two rosters.

Steve Lyttle

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